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“Wonderful off-season getaway spot”
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Rockmere Lodge
Ranked #11 of 26 Ogunquit B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 6, 2011

I hate to share this, since it was so sweet being nearly the only guests. But these guys are good, the house is beautiful, and Ogunquit in the off-season is a delight that you don't get to see during the high season. Sure, it's colder, the flowers are nearly gone from Marginal Way, but the waves and gulls are still there. Sure, a lot of shops are closed, but if you really want to shop you can go to the factory outlets on the way home. What's still there is peace and quiet.

We went up there Halloween weekend, escaping not just the everyday world but the Power Outage of October, 2011. We'd just had a harrowing outage experience, and it was beautiful to just NOT HAVE TO THINK ABOUT IT for a day.

Regarding the recent reviews... yes, the windows were dirty. Spotty, not terrific for photos as the view merited. We would have liked coffee available before breakfast, to sit up in the Lookout with -- that might have been available if we'd rung and asked. It'd be nice to have that offered as part of check-in. These are the only downsides I can speak of, and the only reason they didn't get a perfect 5. The host was delightful (only Doug was around, but of course it was only the two of us and a friend or sister? of his). Breakfast was fine, nicely cooked, and not too fancy but good (pancakes, sausage, yoghurt and fruit) and just the right size portions (I am not a fan of BnB food that is too exotic and I like savory non-sweet breakfasts, so this was great!). The bed was very comfortable. The rest of the room was also, with plenty of seating for the two of us.

We stayed in the Anna-Marie room. Off-season price for any room was $135. (IMO they should be a little lower for the smaller room, or if you go up as a single, or go mid-week during the off-season non-special weeks. That would get me to visit more and might get them some more off-season traffic, if they want that.) We looked at all the rooms on the second floor. We spent our pre-breakfast time up in the lookout area, which is a nice feature. We will go again.

Room Tip: I really liked our room. Of the others on our floor, one was smaller, and one had only a speck of vi...
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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 30, 2011

These reviews are way over the top and not a realistic portrayal of this inn. We stayed here in late august and found the inn a bit worn and the windows dirty. The breakfast was served on tacky plastic furniture and the yard was cluttered with stuff. Beds were hard and sheets had seen better days. One review speaks of prince charles liking this place? Get real. On this same trip we also went to the Blair Hill Inn on Moosehead Lake--amazing, and Grey Havens in on the ocean in Georgetown ME, two beautifully restored inns from the same period with 5 star food, gracious hosts and simple elegance. Don't be fooled by the reviews of Rockmere. It was a one star v these 5 star inns! Sorry. Truth be told.

Room Tip: Try another inn
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  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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bob34983, Owner at Rockmere Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded October 31, 2011

It is sad that so many people like this reviewer have so much hate and anger within themselves. I usually don’t respond to reviews from those trying to knock us down, however, I will respond to this one to show others the type of people who are out there and jealous of us.

This person claimed they stayed with us in August but waited until October 31 to write this review. Since they did not say what dates they stayed or identify where they are from, we cannot even be sure they did stay with us. It’s obvious that they read all our reviews and copied from them.

For example, they claim we have worn sheets while another Guest wrote how we only use designer named linen. They mentioned we have worn carpets while another mentioned all the carpets are being cleaned because the busy season is over and we are getting ready for the winter season. (We clean the carpets at least four times a year at the end of each season and we use a well-known national company to do so.)

If the yard is “cluttered” with stuff as they complained, then I guess we will have to pull up flowers from our large gardens, get rid of the fountains and lawn furniture, and provide no place for our regular Guests to sit in the future. I should point out that another reviewer mentioned all the great sitting places we have on the property.

And WHY if the two other places you raved about in this review of Rockmere Lodge were so great and to your liking, you didn’t post a review for them on this site? You have posted only one review on this site and it is all lies about us.

I suggest that anyone looking at this review not only read all the other positive reviews about Rockmere Lodge, but LOOK at the 112 PHOTOS that our GUESTS have also submitted to Trip Advisor. Pictures don’t lie! Talk about truth being told, 339 other guests have told it already. Maybe this reviewer is one of our competitors who found out they really didn’t do that good this year and, like I mentioned, are just jealous?

I also noticed another top rated Inn here in Ogunquit also received a bad review last week? Just because we work hard (we just ended our 20th summer season) like the other top rated Inn, people like this reviewer feel they have to knock us down. What a hateful place we now live in. God bless this reviewer. Please find some peace within yourself.

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Reviewed October 26, 2011

Incredible quaint B&B and perfect hosts for our middle of October stay. Clean rooms, great breakfasts, fantastic view of ocean serene as they come with magacial sounds of the ocean at high tide. The most unique rooms decorated just right! Of course hosts Andy and Doug made the stay most interesting and pleasant going out of their way to assist in any way. Would we return, as soon as we can and is in the works.
The local area of Ogunquit, Perkins Cove and Marginal Way walk are some of the best areas any where. Great restaurants and shops close by and within walking disatace.
Andy & Doug please continue your great hosting and we will visit again.

Room Tip: Room 8 or Judy Lind, first floor with easy entry/exit off front porch and private entry.
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Reviewed October 23, 2011

Had an amazing stay at Rockmere Lodge for 2 nights in October. The rooms were comfortable and the one we stayed in was decorated in a Victorian style - perhaps not to everyone's taste but certainly a different experience and with amazing view of the sea. As it was the end of the main season, Andy told us that the carpets were being cleaned on the stairs and landings the next day. Ogunquit beach is beautiful and the perfect walk first thing in the morning. Rockmere Lodge is perfectly situated for walks to Perkins Cove or into Ogunquit village. Doug's breakfasts were superb and the presentation first class. We ate at 2 restaurants recommended at Rockmere (The Gypsy Sweethearts and The Five-0) both of which we found excellent. Andy was most helpful and we had no problem with leaving our car in the car park after we checked out as the inn was not full that day (it is understandable that cars cannot be left in the car park on the day of departure if other guests are expected and require the space). We did not see (or hear) the dogs during our stay as Andy informed us they have two puppies which are obviously quite exhuberant!
Thanks again Doug and Andy - an experience that we will remember.
Vaughan and Glenys (UK)

Room Tip: As for a room with a sea view.
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Reviewed October 19, 2011

As frequent guests to Rockmere we always like to check out the comments of fellow guests. We were astounded to read the scathing review posted recently. Did they stay at the same place we did? The date coincides with the weekend we were there. The guests were smiling and having a good time interacting with our hosts, Andy and Doug. Rockmere provides an opportunity to meet new people. Our hosts go out of their way to be sure all feel welcome and point out areas of common interests so we always enjoy the conversations with fellow guests. The breakfasts were delicious and, as another guest review pointed out, there was no frozen food. Jello may have been one ingredient but the melon's filling was a clever concoction of fruit and yogurt as well. Several guests requested the recipe! As for the comments about the room....we have stayed in almost every room and have never seen the conditions that were described. The perfume to which she was referring was probably the scent of dryer sheets, just like home. They do their own laundry...their linens do not share machines with countless other establishments. Fresh towels are provided daily.The decor is Victorian, as one who looks at the pictures in the brochure and on the website will see. That is the charm of this inn. As far as the parking issue, we have stayed at other places in Ogunquit and the policy is the same. You are expected to move your car at checkout. With advance arrangements you might be able to leave it an extra hour or so but never much more than that. For a mere $10 (the price of a movie ticket) we were able to park our car at the main beach lot for the entire day with access to the town's shops and restaurants, walking distance to Marginal Way and also on the Trolley route to Perkins Cove and the Marginal Way entrance. When the majority of reviews for an establishment are positive we tend to be skeptical of reviews such as these...finding the authors using the platform of Trip Advisor for their own personal agenda. No problem if these people don't return...more room for the rest of us!

Room Tip: The view from the rooms vary, but no worries, if you don't have a room view there is a spectacul...
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Reviewed October 16, 2011

This is the 3rd time that we have been to Rockmere Lodge. We brought 2 other couples with us for a weekend get-away & all had a wonderful time. The rooms are great, hosts are gracious & very accomodating. The Inn is ideally located on the Marginal Way. Perfect for walking to the beach and Perkins Cove. Shops & restaurants all within walking distance. We will definitely return.

Room Tip: front rooms have ocean view. all rooms are wonderfully decorated & comfortable.
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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 14, 2011

My wife and I just returned from our grand tour of fall folliage in New England, staying almost exclusively at small inns and B&Bs.. Our last of six stops was Rockmere, where we stayed two nights. Considering we paid from $150 to $500 a night on this trip, we stayed at quite a range of accomodations. Overall, this one may have been the most enjoyable experience. Were I returning to the area, I'd most definitely stay there again.

Here's how I'd list the PROs and CONs.
PROS -
Excellent LOCATION on the Marginal Way. It was nice being able to have so many restaurant choices within easy walking distance, both in Ogunquit and Perkins Cove (1/2 mile).
Restaurants - some really high quality places (ask Andy for his recommendations based on your requirements)
ROOMS - large, lots of seating and comfortable queen bed.
FRIENDLY Staff - Andy and Doug could not have been more cordial, and helpful with things to see and places to go
The VIEW - ocean views from the room, and a great little place to sit with a glass of wine on the third floor
BREAKFASTS were substantial with a lot of variety, and nicely presented (thanks Doug), and plenty of good conversation
QUIET - what a great place to read (100's of good books and movies too) or write

CONS -
When we first entered, my wife was concerned about the "clutter". Frankly, I saw hundreds of collected antiques and knick-knacks, each in their own place, but we just see things differently <smile>. One reviewer mentioned dust, so my wife arrived with normal skepticism. What she did say after leaving was that our room and our bathroom were spotless and well-maintained during our stay. So, if I had to list a CON (I know I don't have to, but expecting a place to be perfect is usually a stretch, so I list one in most every review), I'd say I'm glad I don't have to constantly dust every single item they have in sight, but as long as it's not an issue, it didn't distract from our stay.

Finally, and this is not a CON, I believe I noticed a reviewer commenting on their dogs. I never saw a dog, though I knew they were there, as I heard a muffled bark of greeting ONCE through a door. They do really have things under control.

Room Tip: Loved the ocean view from our room
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Address: 150 Stearns Road, Ogunquit, ME 03907
Location: United States > Maine > Ogunquit
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 26 B&Bs / Inns in Ogunquit
Price Range: $125 - $245 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Victorian shingle-style B&B, midpoint on the Marginal Way, built in 1899 and restored to its formal glory with antiques and all the comforts you expect. From our Full Breakfast served on our front-porch over-looking the ocean or in our formal dining room, to the panoramic view from our third floor "lookout room," relax, make new friends, read, nap or whatever you choose. Easy walk to town and Perkins Cove via the Marginal Way. Come see how they used to live in Ogunquit. ... more   less 
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Rockmere Lodge Ogunquit, Maine

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